Effective chemical storage requires a rigorous approach to health and safety. Keeping accurate and up-to-date records is not only a vital component of safe chemical storage, they also help to efficiently manage inventory. Chemical storage regulations (COSHH) dictate that records must be kept of all inventory stored indoors and outdoors, both to promote safety and to ensure emergency services have access to the information, should they need it. Insurers sometimes also require this information before they can process claims. Plus, if a business is subject to a COSHH audit, the inspector will ask to review inventory records, so it’s important to have complete and updated chemical storage records at all times.
Chemical inventory best practices
Chemical inventory should always be rotated appropriately to reduce the likelihood of chemical deterioration, which can pose additional hazards. Overstocking chemicals is not a solution: not only can it compound hazards, it also drives up costs due to the unnecessary occupation of space on business premises. Maintaining an accurate record of the chemicals being stored can help you minimise both risk and expenditure.
Good chemical storage safety practice should also guarantee that incompatible chemicals are not stored together, as they could become highly dangerous if in contact with each other. This not only requires the use of clear labeling of chemicals but also a system that flags these potential hazards before they become a problem.
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